With summer on the way as we approach the middle of May, many homeowners are ready to update their patios or decks in order to better enjoy spending more time outside. Whether planning for a graduation celebration, backyard wedding or simply relaxing with friends, now is the time to begin the outdoor remodeling projects!
According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, two-thirds of homeowners use their outdoor spaces for relaxing (69%), from gardening to entertaining to spending time with their family. In fact, we spend an average of 4.5 more hours weekly during the warmer seasons.
Pressure-treated lumber remains the top choice for decking materials. This rugged exterior building product is rot and insect resistant. Not only is this material ideal for outdoor construction, it has a long, useful life span and is much less expensive than alternatives.
Composites are an excellent alternative that can withstand the elements. A big bonus is avoiding splinters and possible warping with traditional wooden decks.
Stone, concrete and redwood or cedar is popular alone or in a combination. Adding a curve to boards is becoming more popular as it offers a unique and modern look to the average deck or patio. Permeable materials such as pavers, mulch, and crushed rock are popular for other hard surfaces, such as paths or patios. Best of all, this provides a sleek and updated look to any backyard.
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